Elevating Impact Together

While the Affordable Care Act has afforded unprecedented access to health care services, clinical care is not enough for communities to reach their highest potential for health. To achieve this lofty goal, exceptional collaboration is necessary — both within health care systems and throughout the community with multisectoral stakeholders. Hospitals throughout the United States are taking steps toward improving community health through their community health needs assessments and population health management practices.

This is a time of great opportunity for community benefit and community health professionals to apply their knowledge and skills to transform our health care system into one that is adept at promoting the health of communities in the clinic and where people live, learn, work and play. The impact that we can have working together is far greater than that of each individually. The 2017 ACHI National Conference will support the essential work of community benefit, population health and community health professionals as we make progress toward Elevating Impact Together.


Agenda at a glance

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Topics Tracks

The 2017 conference will feature six topic tracks. Click the track title to view descriptions of sessions in each track.

Climbing Together: Improving Health through Community Collaborations

Partnerships among hospitals and health systems, health departments, community partners and community members are essential to improve health. All community stakeholders are learning to do things differently to achieve lasting trust and functionality, leading to health improvement. Presentations in this track will demonstrate activities, strategies and proven practices to assist in building strong partnerships, engaging communities and acknowledging collective impact.

Moving Upstream: Prevention, Resilience and Social Determinants

Sustainably improving the health of individuals and communities requires comprehensive approaches that address the root causes of health and illness ― social, economic and environmental factors. Presentations in this track will focus on a variety of community-based programs, collaborations and initiatives aimed at preventing disease, fostering resilience and addressing the social determinants of health.

Place Matters: Making an Impact on Health

Policy makers, public health professionals, health care providers and researchers all acknowledge the inextricable link between health status and the places in which people live, learn, work and play. Many disciplines are increasingly collaborating with one another and their communities to promote safer, more walkable neighborhoods, improve access to healthy food, build affordable housing, close the achievement gap and promote economic self-sufficiency in the business of “zip code improvement.” Presentations in this track will demonstrate the impact of community development on changing the context of people’s lives to improve health.

Making Connections: Technology to Support Population Health

Technology abounds in the community and population health fields, ranging from individual health measurement apps to communitywide data exchanges sponsored by institutional health and social services providers. Presentations in this track will encompass the broad array of technology used to promote individual, population and community health. Presenters will offer case examples and demonstrations to show how they have moved from “daunting” to “doable” with technology, thereby achieving better outcomes, lower costs and improved clinical experiences.

Worth the Journey: The Business Case for Population and Community Health

To achieve Triple Aim goals — better care, better health and reduced costs — and succeed in value-based payment models, hospitals have to invest in interventions that address their population’s socioeconomic needs along with their medical ones. The development of a sound business case for such an approach can serve as the basis for subsequent investments in evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs. Presentations in this track will explore the impact of social and economic factors on population health and health care costs and the growing relevance of addressing such factors to thrive in today’s health care financial environment.

Powering the Climb: Measurement and Evaluation for Health Equity

Measuring the impact of interventions — the process, short-term results and long-term outcomes — is essential to motivate sustained practices by individuals, organizations and communities. Presentations in this track will showcase innovative examples that connect data, measurement, evaluation and quality improvement in collaborative community efforts, population health management and clinical settings. With the ultimate goal of health equity, this track will offer strategies and tools to capture and share information that support health improvement initiatives.

Stronger Together: Engaging the Community

Improving the health of communities cannot be done by one organization or sector alone. This challenging work requires the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders alongside a population that is meaningfully and sustainably engaged in the work. Sessions in this track will explore how hospitals are reaching outside their walls to better engage with partners and community members to improve the health of their shared communities.

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